Tourist police rescue blind, homeless woman

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Tourist Police came to the rescue of an elderly blind woman whose search for her estranged children led her to sleeping on Sattahip Beach.
Tourist Police came to the rescue of an elderly blind woman whose search for her estranged children led her to sleeping on Sattahip Beach.

Tourist Police came to the rescue of an elderly blind woman whose search for her estranged children led her to sleeping on Sattahip Beach.

Pattaya Tourist Police commander Pol. Lt. Col. Piyapong Ensarn visited Boonreuang Sirivej, 68, and a Good Samaritan helping her named Suriya Pansing at the pavilion opposite the Sattahip Police Station where she had been sleeping June 28.

Suriya explained that Boonreuang had come to Pattaya to find children she had not had contact with in 17 years, but she didn’t find any of them.

Homeless, she went to Pattaya Police Station where she was allowed to stay for a short time, but eventually was evicted, Suriya said.

He and another resident helped Boonreuang get on her feet again and got her an identification card before sending her to a sister’s house in Sattahip.

But the house was too small, Boonreuang said, so she left, choosing to sleep on the beach in the relative cold with youths drinking and blasting music nearby.

Piyapong took custody of the homeless woman and pledged to help her track down her long lost kids.